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Feb 10, 2013 10:00am EST
and troop inspection. >> the pentagon pulled out all stops and panetta, the defense secretary, started putting out these dire numbers, 800,000 civilian jobs at the pentagon furloughed, 20% cut in pay after he gave a very angry speech at georgetown university, within hours the panic, they put out there will only be one aircraft carrier in the persian gulf and is a big issue for the republicans. >> there's not enough, is there? >> there's been two there the past two years. chris: again, the president wants to go big picture and talk big picture and he's confronted with this. >> it's a big issue for the house republicans because there's a big division there. you've got some of the tea party conservatives saying you know what, this is the best we'll get on cuts so we're going to eat the defense cuts because the cuts are shared across the board. and there are lots of republicans, i believe, including the house speaker, who don't believe that. chris: you believe there's enough republicans who are not far right. >> it's not going to happen and i think that this gets us back to the ma
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Feb 20, 2013 5:00am EST
make. >>> today we'll hear some of the steps the pentagon is taking regarding the looming sequestration. more than 700,000 employees could be forced to take one day off a week without pay. that's equivalent to a 20% pay cut. the furlough notices would likely be sent out late next month. the furloughs would actually begin in late april. government workers may be forced to take furloughs, but thousands of nongovernment workers in our area will also feel the impact of sequestration. private businesses are being warned to peep prepare for the effect billions of dollars will have on their bottom lines. it could be a serious thing, as serious as the fiscal cliff which we narrowly avoided going over at the start of the year. >> now is not the time to panic but it's growing in concern. it seems to be clear that congress is making no move to solve the sequestration issue. >> congress and the white house have until next friday to get a deal done. of course, stay with news 4 for continuing coverage of the sequestration showdown as that march 1st deadline approaches. we will be here for you even wh
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Feb 7, 2013 6:00am EST
drastic call by the pentagon this morning ahead of what could be huge budget cuts next month. the navy will reduce the number of aircraft carriers in the strategic persian gulf from two to one. that decision comes just one day before the "uss harry truman" was supposed to leave norfolk for the gulf. two carrier groups have been stationed in the region for the majority of the past two years because of rising tensions with iran. >>> this morning, president obama will speak at the national prayer breakfast at the washington hilton in northwest d.c. the president will meet with religious and community leaders from across the nation taking part in the 61st annual prayer breakfast. that national prayer breakfast has been held every year since 1953. after that, the president will head to leesburg, virginia. he will lay out his second-term agenda at the house democratic issues conference that's going on at the lansdowne resort. vice president biden spoke it the group yesterday. he said the world has changed since 1994 when congress passed an assault weapons ban. many blamed that vote for costi
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Feb 26, 2013 6:00pm EST
dependent on defense jobs. >> i have the pentagon in my state, 25,000 defense contractors, it is bad for virginia. it is bad for the united states of america. every three to six months we have a cries that's brings us to the edge of financial collapse. mutual finger pointing and can't get anywhere. >> mcdonnell says sequestration could mean 200 thousand how jobs lost in virginia. over the next decade. >>> military families in our region are feeling stressed about the unknown. some could see pay cuts. for others it could mean furloughs. then there are deployment plans that could change. >> it calls into question their belief the nation is behind them. >> whether it is what services will be available for you on the installation is the child care center, taking your kids, will that still be open? is the commissary still going to be open? >> lot of questions. national military family association says the most stressful part, will are potentially thousands that could be impacted and nobody has any answers. >>> with just three days to go we hope you will stay with news4 for all of the late
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Feb 19, 2013 7:00pm EST
: through 2021, it means cutting $85 billion a year, half from the pentagon, half from nondefense programs. everything from education to national parks to meals on wheels. exempt from the cuts, programs like social security and veterans' benefits and student loans. the administration warns federal food inspectors would be temporarily furloughed. that could mean less product, higher prices and fewer jobs. air travelers may see longer lines at security checkpoints. by one congressional estimate, as many as 9,000 tsa officers may have to be laid off. the pentagon budget would be cut 11% a year even as the war in afghanistan continues. d.o.d. civilian workers will likely take the hit. plans call for more than 700,000 to take one day off a week without pay, a 20% pay cut. jason mckenzie owns ride on bikes in columbus, georgia, home to fort benning. military employees make up half his business so smaller paychecks could mean fewer sales. >> it's going to take money out of everybody's pocket, everything. everybody will stop spending, everybody. >> reporter: one of the ripple effects of g
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Feb 23, 2013 6:30pm EST
coast again. we'll be watching this one very closely. >>> the pentagon made a big announcement as we headed into the weekend. it's putting the country's single largest weapons program on hold. all 51 of the pentagon's new f-35 fighter jets will be grounded following the discovery of a crashed turbine blade in one of the plane's engines. it's the second time in two weeks the government has had to pause the $396 billion weapons program. >>> trouble for another big program tonight. at this moment the most contaminated nuclear site in the country is leaking a mix of radioactive and toxic material into the soil. the waste is coming from old underground tanks in washington state's hanford nuclear reservation, a site that produced plutonium for the bombs dropped in world war ii. officials say the leak is not an immediate threat since it will likely take years for the chemicals to reach the groundwater. >>> when "nightly news" continues on this saturday, finding the next big breakthroughs in medicine. a new generation gets millions to make it happen. >>> the new power of the internet in driv
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Feb 8, 2013 7:00pm EST
not yielded any significant military capability. senator john mccain wrote the pentagon, calling it one of the most egregious examples of mismanagement in recent memory. >> $1 billion has been basically totally wasted, with nothing to show for it. >> reporter: just flushed down the drain. >> flushed down the drain. >> reporter: you know, a lot of americans remember that infamous $600 toilet set. is this even worse than that? >> i don't mean to make a joke, but at least they got a toilet seat. out of this, they got nothing. we got nothing. >> reporter: so what went wrong? >> you had a company that wasn't up to the task of managing the project. you had a computer system that wasn't actually able to do the job. and you had an air force that was asleep at the switch. >> reporter: a top executive for the lead contractor, computer science's corporation or csc, told nbc news that it provided the air force with capabilities and assets to deliver the system of the future, and that taxpayers got their money's worth. an air force official sees it differently. >> i'm personally appalled at the
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Feb 4, 2013 2:10am EST
display this week when the president's pick to head the pentagon, former republican senator chuck hagel, came under fire from members of his own party during a very contentious confirmation hearing. >> name one person in your opinion who's intim nated by the israeli lobby in the united states senate. >> are we right or wrong? that's a pretty straightforward question. >> senator hagel, please answer the question i asked. today, do you think unilateral sanctions would be a bad idea? >> all this raising questions about how effective chuck hagel will be if confirmed as secretary of defense. earlier this weekend, i sat down for a rare joint interview with the top military leadership issue the outgoing secretary of defense leon panetta and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff general martin dempsey. >>> secretary panetta, welcome back to "meet the press." general dempsey, welcome. let me start with the man that is poised to take your place. he underwent on thursday a pretty tough round of questioning. he seemed to struggle with a lot of the answers. of course this is chuck hagel, the for
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Feb 13, 2013 6:00pm EST
green belt, i'm tracee wilkins, news4. >>> today the pentagon announced the creation of a new medal that recognizes 21st century war fare. the distinguished war fare medal will be awarded to troops that launch drone strikes or direct cyberattacks. they assist during combat missions without ever setting foot in a combat zone. defense secretary panetta is expected to announce the new medal. it says it would recognize exception appear contributions made from afar. we're told that medal would be considered a bit higher ranking than the bronze star. >>> nbc news has learned that general john allen is expected to withdraw his name from consideration as the top commander of nato. military official say allen does not want to put his family through repeated discussions about jill kelly. kelly is the woman who claims to have received threatening e-mails from paula broadwell. that claim triggered the investigation that led to the resignation of cia director david petraeus. pentagon investigation cleared allen of any wrongdoing in that case. >>> today's ash wednesday mass at the vatican was lik
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Feb 11, 2013 6:00pm EST
national cemetery. >>> for the first time, the pentagon is considering scaling back on the massive buildup of drones. the military uses those unmanned aircraft to go after terror suspects. the controversy erupted last week with where targets could include suspected american terrorists overangels. leaders at the defense department are evaluating whether there's enough drones already patrolling the skies and they'll try to determine whether changing security threats call for different resources. >>> still ahead on "news4 at 6," tornadoes rip through the south. we'll take a tour from the sky to survey the damage. >>> police in delaware revealing a possible motive behind a shootout inside a courthouse today. >>> wouldn't it be awful to be stuck on a cruise ship with the toilets not work >>> distill aware's top prosecutor says a longstanding custody dispute led to a deadly shootout. police say a man walked into the lobby of the courthouse and opened fired. killed in the exchange, two women and the gunman himself. two officers were wounded, but are expected to be okay. at this time state police
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Feb 20, 2013 7:00am EST
by march 1st. the pentagon notifies congress today of its large-scale furlough plan should those cuts kick in. >>> let's head to wall street. jackie deangelis is at the new york stock exchange. >> good morning, natalie. another day, another cyber attack. this time on apple. authorities believe that the hackers that targeted facebook last week use d the same softwae to attack the mac computers of apple employees. all this, of course, coming on the heels of chrysler, jeep and burger king saying their twitter accounts were attacked. >>> meanwhile it isn't 1999 but investors are sure partying like it is, after nasdaq hit an all-time high. >>> generating some buzz after a facebook town hall chat with parents' magazine and a discussion focusing on joe biden's gun control efforts. >> if you want to protect yourself, get a double barrel shotgun. you don't need an ar-15. buy a shotgun. buy a shotgun. >> vice president says he has two shotguns of his own at his home in delaware. those dash cam videos from russia never seem to disappoint. take a look, the driver was surprised to see that th
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Feb 6, 2013 4:30am EST
they could carry. this crime is eerily similar to one that took place at pentagon city mall in arlington on monday. it is not believed the incidents are linked. no arrests have been made in either case. >>> it's about 4:31ment time for a first look at the forecast for this wednesday morning. >> maybe pollen floating around out there. maybe in here. >> i'm sorry. sneezing on the air. >> good morning. we're starting off with a lot of cloudiness and we've had overnight just a few scattered sprinkles that are dissipated. a lot of cloudiness over much of the region. as the morning progresses, the clouds breaking up. under the clouds, temperatures shenandoah valley out of the mountains, a little above freezing. closer to washington, this frederick county maryland, to culpeper, fredericksburg near freezing. near the waters and away from the waters, it's near freezing. nearby suburbs in montgomery county, it's around 30. right near the freezing mark in prince george's county. much of the district of columbia near freezing. prince william into the upper 20s. here's how the day is progre
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Feb 4, 2013 4:30am EST
pentagon station. the south entrance of the station will be closed starting today so the agency can replace three escalators. when it's finished this fall, the escalators will be similar to those installed in the circle station. the north entrance will stay open during this construction. also starting today, people in loudoun county have a new way to commute as well. the new goose creek village park and ride opens at belmont ridge in ashburn. from there loudoun county transit and the tyson's express provide service to west falls church in the morning and afternoon rush. >> angie goff has breaking news. good morning. >> good morning to you. eight people dead, dozens hurt after a terrible bus crash in southern california. people were still being pulled from this wreckage hours after that crash. it happened on a mountain highway as a bus was leaving the big bear resort area and collided with a truck. still no word what caused this accident a the live did he say be, angie goff, news 4. >>> it's now been a week since a gunman stormed an alabama school bus killing the driver and kidnappin
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Feb 24, 2013 6:30pm EST
kabul. for more we turn to pentagon correspondent jim miklaciewski. >> this order today shocked u.s. defense and military officials. they were taken totally by surprise. military officials also have strongly denied u.s. commandos condone or in any way took part in kidnapping, torture, or murders of afghan civilians or suspects. president karzai has occasionally in the past taken the u.s. military to task and, in part, to show the afghan people that he is in charge, but this province is a taliban stronghold, one of the hottest combat areas in afghanistan, so if karzai is playing politics here, it's an extremely dangerous game. now, president obama has already announced that 34,000 american troops, half the total american -- from afghanistan by the end of this year, but if u.s. forces are prevent from executing their mission, you may start to hear calls from washington to bring home all american forces sooner than planned. lester. >> thank you. >>> up next here tonight, the pope and his last sunday appearance. but we can still help you see your big picture. with the fidelity guided po
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Feb 6, 2013 4:00am EST
whether to leave gays to their ranks. and on the heels, the pentagon is announcing a policy shift. leon panetta is expected to expand some benefits to granting access to various spots on bases are said to be included. however, it remains droughtful that mental, dental, housing allowances would be offered under the new proposal. an extension of those benefits would require an appeal of 1996 distance of marriage act. >>> and now for a look at the winter storm that is approaching the northeast. this one's going to be nasty, right? >> it has the potential. i have a feeling this is like the first day of school. this is the big shot a big storm in the northeast ever since november after sandy. that was a crazy nor'easter. but this is your typical midwestern storm. the moisture is starting to increase across texas with the rain and thunderstorms. we've seen that in laredo and san antonio. but this will be the rainy spot throughout the day today. over the next 48 hours we'll track this to the southeast. potentially an inch and a half to two inches of rain in this area north of atlanta. an
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Feb 12, 2013 4:30am EST
. >>> outgoing defense secretary leon panetta will say his final goodbyes to his colleagues at the pentagon. that happens later this morning. he's served since july of 2011. his possible replacement. former nebraska senator chuck hagel could be one step closer to being confirmed. the committee plans to put the nomination up for a vote. >>> now to the ongoing search for the ex-officer wanted for murder. new documents reveal christopher dorner might have fled to mexico. as police continue their manhunt across southern california, authorities are searching more than 30 square miles across the big bear area, which includes a popular ski resort. dorner's burned-out truck was found in the area with weapons and camping gear inside. dorner was fired a few years ago from the lapd and it's believed his attacks are part of a revenge plot. >> to be targeted because you took an oath to protect others, to have your family targeted because they're related to you, that is absolutely terrifying. >> authorities have increased security along the u.s./mexico border and warn airport security to be on the lookou
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Feb 12, 2013 6:00am EST
were previously denied by the pentagon include child care services, as well as access to on-base commissaries and movie theaters. the policy changes go into effect once training is completed. >> jobs do you know about what's on your credit report? as many as 40 million americans have errors on their credit reports, things like misspelled names, wrong addresses and birth dates. and even in some cases, wrong payment history. those mistakes can keep you from getting a loan, qualifying for lower interest rates and even cost you your job. if you find an error on your credit report, you should immediately contact the credit agencies. >>> this morning, intrigue is building around the world about who will be the next pope. next month more than 100 cardinals will meet at the vatican to begin the closed door ritual called the conclave. 11 cardinals, including donned worrell are eligible to vote. pope benedict will not vote for his successor. he will step down february 28th. he will eventually move into a monastery in the vatican dedicating his time to prayer and reflection. >>> this more t
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Feb 6, 2013 7:00pm EST
the pentagon if congress doesn't act. and he had some choice words for both sides blaming each for to reach an agreement to avoid cuts to our military. also generally what's happened lately to washington. >> thank you very much. this is not a game. this is reality. these steps would seriously damage a fragile american economy, and they would degrade our ability to respond to crisis, precisely at a time of rising instability across the globe. >> panetta served for 16 years, 8 terms. today he called the defense spending cuts legislative madness. >>> the use of drones continues to make headlines tonight. after our nbc news report about the obama administration's use of drone strikes to target suspected terrorists overseas. that same technology is being used here at home, a lot. not to launch missile strikes of any kind, but as eyes in the sky for a local law enforcement and a lot of other uses. they've got a lot of folks concerned, and some states are moving to ban drones. our report tonight from nbc's john yang in chicago. >> reporter: while the alabama hostage crisis was under way i
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Feb 6, 2013 5:00pm EST
failing to present the sequester. he said if congress doesn't act shs the pentagon will be forced to absorb $46 billion in spending cuts in this fiscal year. the military will also face a $35 billion shortfall in operating expenses. he says the military's ability to respond to a crisis will suffer. >> my fear is that there is a dangerous and callous attitude that is developing among some republicans and some democrats. that these dangerous cuts can be allowed to take place in order to blame the other party for the consequences. >> his remarks came during a speech. he warned that if the sequester kicks in march 1st, there will be widespread civilian furloughs, layoffs and hiring freezes. >>> tonight historic change if z in the works for the post office. no more saturday deliveries. the agency will implement the change on august 1st in order to save $2 billion. under the plan, mail will be delivered to homes and businesses monday through friday. mail will still be delivered to post office boxes on saturdays and packages will still be delivered. the post office lost nearly $16 billion l
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Feb 5, 2013 5:00am EST
. the thieves robbed the zales jewelry store at pentagon city mall yesterday. the four men smashed the display cases with hammers and stole 27 rings. they then jumped into a red car and broke through the parking garage gate. if you recognize these men, call police. >>> a group of firefighters in baltimore is happy to be waking up at home this morning. the first responders rushed to the scene of a four-alarm fire last night. this happened just before 6:00. the flames got so intense the firefighters were told to evacuate the building. as they left, the building collapsed, trapping five of them inside. the crew was rescued and rushed to the hospital. incredibly, they suffered only minor injuries. >>> richmond wants your input on how the area near the redskins new training camp should look. city council is holding a meeting to get ideas about landscaping near the camp. it comes after many of the trees were bulldozed. the city is also still trying to decide how to handle parking for thousands of 'skins fans expected to head to that facility when training camp begins. >>> we just got thi
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Feb 13, 2013 11:00am EST
pentagon here. northbound lanes, nice clear trip as you continue into the district. back over to you. >> thank you so much. >>> it's 21 minutes after 11:00 now. still ahead on news4 midday, more evidence why women who want to have children should be taking folic acid. >>> plus a new look for a mother helping her son recover from war injuries. our valentine's day makeovers continue. i saw the prep work going on myself just minutes ago. and it's truly amazing. >>> but first here's a look at what's hot on nbcwashington.com. >>> experts call a new study on folic acid significant in a child's development. scientists followed 85,000 children for six years. women took supplements before pregnancy and in their first trimester. they lowered their baby's chances of developing autism by 40%. the study is published in today's journal of the medical association. >>> say the drink 4 loco needs to make major changes. now required to put alcohol facts panel on the backs of every can. it will include volume and the number of servings. they'll also have to change all cans containing more than 2.5 serv
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Feb 6, 2013 11:00am EST
follow federal and international law. >>> the pentagon is expected to announce this week a policy change that would extend some military benefits to same-sex couples. partners could have access to base gyms, commission sar shopping and theaters. the allowances would likely not cover health care benefits. the military would likely require documentation that documents service member same-sex spouse. >>> right now president obama is in annapolis at the democratic senate caucus. he's urging fellow democrats to help prevent billions of dollars in spending cuts from taking effect. he's calling on the senate to pass a short-term deal that would avert what's known as sequestration. millions of dollars in domestic and defense spending cuts will automatically take effect march 1st if no budget deal is reached. >>> and deja vu all over again for john kerry. he will sworn in again as secretary of state. vice president joe biden will administer the oath during a ceremonial swearing in this afternoon at the state department. kerry was officially sworn in last friday. >>> at least six people are
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Feb 15, 2013 6:00am EST
northbound prior to the 14th street prbridge. you'll hit the brakes around the pentagon. a heavy delay on 395. be aware of that. the beltway in montgomery county, as you travel the outer loop at colesville road, a little bit of volume. it's not bad. it's friday. light volume. as far as tea lace, a bit slow all the way to georgia avenue. not heavy on the brakes yet. you still have time. >>> danella, thank you. this is a live look in the ad apples morgan area. adams mill road. fire crews are on the scene of what they thought was a mercury spill. apparently crews were working in that area and spilled something. someone called in. thought it was mercury. they tested it. at this point, they cleared it. it is not mercury. they're approximate to clear the scene shortly. >>> metro closing seven stations this weekend. madison avenue and deanwood stations on the orange line. capital heights, morgan boulevard and largo town center stations on the blue line. they'll all be closed. buses are replace trains. stadium armory and largo town center. all that work will last through monday. on saturday only,
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Feb 5, 2013 6:00pm EST
extend new benefits to the partners of same-sex service members. the pentagon is not releasing details on which benefits would be included. there are limitations because federal law forbids the government from recognizing same-sex unions. the military is expected to announce more specifics later this week. >>> a 10-year-old is out of juvenile deengs after bringing a toy gun to school. douglas macarthur elementary in alexandria. the school administrators alerted the police after they learned he had showed the toy gun to another student on the bus yesterday. the boy has been suspended from school. could be expelled. >>> a father from northeast d.c. is making an emotional promise tonight to get his 6-year-old daughter back. her name is eriona. she has been missing since last week. she is thought to be with her mother and the man who is wanted by the police. jackie bensen with our report now with the latest on the search for that child. >> reporter: her pear is worn down from six days of constant worry and fear. her mother asked to take her to the grocery store. >> i said sure. i let her go.
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Feb 6, 2013 6:00am EST
follow federal and international law. >>> sometime this week the pentagon expected to announce a major policy change that would extend some military benefits to same sex spouses. ld soon have access to things like housing privileges and recreational activities. the allowances would not cover health care benefits. military would likely require documentation that designates a service member's same sex partner. >>> one year away from the winter olympics. why there's already a little concern that mother nature won't cooperate. >>> also, a terrifying crime caught on tape at a local jewelry store. what the robbers used that paralyzed everybody inside. >>> a rescue in an iconic park is caught on camera. >>> temperatures are back where they belong in time of year. weather and traffic on the 1s, next. (woman) 3 days of walking to give a break cancer survivor a lifetime-- that's definitely a fair trade. whoo! you walk with friends, you meet new friends, and you keep those friendships. it was such a beautiful experience. (woman) ♪ and it's beautiful ♪ undeniable (woman) why walk 60 mile
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Feb 14, 2013 11:00am EST
of state hillary rodham clinton is being honored at the pentagon at this hour. general martin dempsey just presented clinton with the highest award he can present to a civilian. the honor has a long name. it's called the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff joint distinguished civilian service award. >> you've moved diplomacy into the 21st century. you've recognized that there are limits to hard power, and that we need both hard power and soft power. all the while, remembering that it's the investment of your personal time that builds relationships. >> general dempsey added that hillary clinton has been a steadfast supporters of the military. more so, he said, than any other secretary of state in his career. >>> we're learning new information about pope benedict, the 16th health. the vatican said he hit his head and bled during his trip to mexico last march. the vatican said that accident had no relevant role with his plans to step down at the end of this month. this morning the pope told cardinals he'll be hidden to the world once he steps down february 28th. >> and storm team four
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Feb 11, 2013 7:00am EST
nothing in place -- i mean, the pentagon had some things, department of defense had some things, even special forces. they have a few programs for these guys but mostly they don't know about it. >> is that their fault? is the independepentagon doing but is not widely known? >> v.a. will tell you one pentagon program in particular is not widely known. >> navy s.e.a.l.s continue to fight bravely, accomplishing crit critical mission that is keep our nation safe. the details of the bin laden operation are well known. we take seriously the safety and security of our people as well as our responsibility to assist sailors making the transition to civilian life. without more information about this particular case, it would be difficult to determine the degree to which our transition progr programs succeeded. what's the takeaway? >> the takeaway is that i think it's great. i think it's great they're committed to these guys. at the same time what they offered him when he came out from that -- at the end of the raid, the next day or day after the raid was a form of witness protection. and someon
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Feb 4, 2013 7:00am EST
pentagon station. today the south entrance of the station closes so the agency can replace three escalators. when completed this fall, the escalators will be similar to those installed at dupont circle. the north entrance will be open during construction. a look at the forecast after this. we gotta sell the car. where would we even start? get the car. hi howard. get in. hi, good to see you. start with an actual written offer when selling your car, no strings attached. carmax. start here. >>> good morning. cold now in the 20s. later today in the mid and upper 30s with increasing clouds. tonight we might get a coating to an inch of snow. all the areas in light blue. that's much of virginia and maryland, the district. farther north and west out of the mountains one to two inches between 8:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. on a tuesday. could have a slick morning commute tomorrow. it melts tomorrow afternoon and then on wednesday, thursday into the weekend each day highs in the 40s. maybe rain on friday. that's the way it looks, aaron. >> another ♪ all the single ladies all the single ladies a
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Feb 10, 2013 6:00am EST
the world trade center and the pentagon, and the walk through metal detector that two of the terrorist walked through that morning. >> you can see the dust on this, still, from that day -- >> on the top? >> yeah, yeah. >> and in a city full of museums free to access, not everybody gets to see this hall, this space and these artifacts. mission hall not open to the public. in fact, we are the first camera crew to film this hall. >> this was a flag that flew over the gate in boston where american airlines flight 11 left from. and that's the first flight that went into the world trade center that morning. >> it gives a unique window to where tsa started and how far it has come. on 9/11, there were 33 federal air marshals all across the globe, and that number while classified now is in the thousands. >> you think about officers that work for tsa, and they could have been 8, 9, 10-year-old when september 11th happened, and it will be 12 years since it happened. when you think about that, and you think about the passage of time, it's important to just always remember. >> in crystal
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Feb 3, 2013 11:30am EST
center and killed almost 200 people at the pentagon as well as those in pennsylvania. it was a deliberate act of terrorism. we went to war. and when you go to war and you have an enemy out there, you've got to use everything you can to make sure you go after that enemy. and that's what we did. and the fact is we had very precise effective operations to go right at al qaeda's leadership. and by weakening them and by significantly impacting them especially with the bin laden raid the fact is we are safer today from that 9/11-type attack. >> there seems to be some concern even the president did an interview with mark bouden and said there's a remoteness to it that makes it tempting that somehow we can without any mess on our hands solve vexing security problems. it's the morale -- >> you know, as a catholic i remember when i first became director of the cia and realized that i was making life and death decisions with regards to our operations. it doesn't come lightly. you've got to really think about it. you've got to make sure that we really are focused on somebody who is, you know, a direc
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Feb 11, 2013 2:10am EST
home to the pentagon, the world's largest u.s. navy base, but a hub for major defense contractors such as aircraft builders. so the impact over 200,000 jobs, second only to california. you can't want this automatic spending cut to go forward. >> you know, clearly this is not, david, the best way to go about trying to chroontrol spending. and we have demonstrated in the house two separate occasions -- one of the bills we put across the floor and passed i was the sponsor of for that reason. these are indiscriminate cuts. we can do a lot better. what i hope to be able to hear from the president in the state of the union is he wants to join us in trying to effect much smarter cuts in spending. >> but that's what he's saying. >> we don't have to have the impact that you just described. >> why not work with him on short-term measure which he is talking about to delay this, find a different way to go about some of the cuts? >> the problem is, david, every time you turn around the answer is to raise taxes. and, you know, he just got his tax hike on the wealthy. and you can't in this town every
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Feb 14, 2013 4:00am EST
morning. the pentagon will roll out medals for members of the military who contribute without action on the front lines. it's called the distinguishing warfare medals. >>> a kennedy was back at the white house but this time in handcuffs. r.f.k. jr. was there. his 18-year-old son connor and darryl hanna were also taken into custody. >>> president obama is laying out plans for life after the white house. he told the crowd in alabama he's looking forward to playing a little golf, firing and bash coug. >>> and new york mayer bloomberg wants a permanent ban on plastic containers. >>> overseas to georgia where things got heated between two politicians during a debate on live television. you can see two members of parliament clashing on the set. the topic of the debate, ways to reduce political violence. the irony. >>> the new website pendet tracker.com raises predictions on everything from sports to politics to finance. if you're there, don't put your money on pat buchanan. >>> and inews is out with a new survey own sex and relationships. it turns out 68% of the men say they married
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Feb 7, 2013 5:00am EST
in afghanistan. we haven't heard from the pentagon on the latest development. but the u.s. did confirm in 2011 this one of its unmanned drones went missing. >>> those drones will likely be one of the most heated talked points during john brennan's confirmation hearing. he's president obama's pick to head the cia. he'll face tough questions from democrats and republicans. nbc's tracie potts is live on capitol hill with a preview. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. in a written response to those lawmakers he faces later today, brennan says that those drone strikes are rare but are legal. he is defending them and will talk more about that today. he'll be asked more about that today as the top counterterror adviser for the president. the white house also releasing what had been a classified memo to lawmakers on these intelligence committees with the legal justification for why the u.s. thinks or, as the white house put, it we're doing this for the right reasons in the right way. but the ucla, privacy groups, lawmakers, even some states disagree. 11 states are trying to restri
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Feb 13, 2013 7:00pm EST
. usaa. we know what it means to serve. >>> the pentagon has created a new medal to award to those in uniform who contribute to the fight without ever serving in harm's way. it's called the distinguished warfare medal. it will be rewarded for extraordinary achievement in things like operating drones or taking part in cyber warfare. the pentagon wants to point out their contribution to the war effort is no less valid. the decoration would rank between the silver and bronze stars in terms of its significance. >>> well, it's one of the cruelest aspects of politics in the television age. no matter how well-crafted the content, no matter how thoughtful a person you are, it's the television moments, the superficial, purely visual moments that are often remembered forever instead. and that will certainly be the case with florida senator marco rubio's gop response last night. it was instantly branded the aqua lunge. some called it watergate when his mouth grew palpably dry and the water was just too far away to reach for it comfortable, so he reached for it as if he was under fire. the water
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Feb 2, 2013 6:30pm EST
. the pentagon's u.s. cyber command is drawing up plans to bring 4,000 new computer security experts onboard. homeland security secretary janet napolitano warns that the lack of experts nationwide is critical. >> it should be encrypted here and is not. >> reporter: the university of southern california is among a handful of the nation's colleges answering the call, preparing to offer a degree in cyber security. >> for whatever type of system that i'm going to develop for somebody i want to make sure that it's secure. >> in the past if your computer got attacked maybe you were worried about slow start up speeds. now they can actually affect your livelihood. >> reporter: educators say it's essential to start building the cyber work force earlier in schools and colleges, preparing for one part of the economy everyone agrees is expanding as the cyber threat spreads. pete williams, nbc news, washington. >>> the man who has been on the forefront of fighting cyber attacks among other threats at the pentagon is weighing in on the wailing his likely successor got on capitol hill this week. ou
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Feb 11, 2013 7:00pm EST
valor. our report tonight from our pentagon correspondent, jim miklaszewski. >> reporter: wedged deep into a valley surrounded by soaring mountains, combat outpost c.o.p. keating in eastern afghanistan was a death trap. for staff sergeant clint romesha, it was indefensible. >> every which direction you looked, you were looking straight up at the mountain. >> reporter: romesha and the other soldiers at c.o.p. keating were under constant attack. but in october 2009, the taliban launched the most ferocious assault ever. and unleashed a deadly downpour of fire like shooting fish in a barrel. >> 360 degrees, we were taking, you know, rpgs, machine gunfire, mortar fire was coming in. i mean, it was accurate. it was, you know, on target. it was pinning positions down. >> reporter: the americans were vastly outnumbered, nearly 400 to 52. in the first hour, three u.s. soldiers were killed. others pinned down by gunfire. and with no regard for his own life, romesha led five others on a rescue mission. >> it was going to be a knife fight, getting to where we were going. >> reporter: romesha took
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Feb 12, 2013 11:00am EST
a search for answers after a murder/suicide this morning. >>> an an emotional day at the pentagon. the legacy leon panetta is leaving behind as he says good-bye. >>> and it's the first dave our amazing makeovers. the mom of a wounded warrior gets a brand-new rook. good morning. welcome to "news4 midday." i'm keith russell. >> and i'm barbara harrison. it's tuesday, february 12th, 2013. we start in college park. two people are dead, another person injured after a murder/suicide at the university of maryland campus. >> all three of university of maryland campus. megan mcgrath is live. >> reporter: it happened at this house behind me on 36th avenue. this is a rental like many of the homes on this block. the tenants, three university of maryland students. one of his two students turned on his two roommates shooting them before killing himself. a bullet hole through the rear window. the window of this suv shot out. and evidence of the fire that started it all. police release the photo of the damage. three university of maryland students live on the home in on 36th avenue. early this mo
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Feb 20, 2013 4:00pm EST
or others who simply don't buy things in the city. >> today the pentagon informed hundreds of thousands of civilians how they will be impacted. jennifer johnson on capitol hill with that part of the story. >> good afternoon, jim. congress has just over a week to come up with a deficit reduction plan. if not, these cuts will go into effect which will greatly impact the pentagon. . the defense department will take the biggest hit if congress can't come up with a budget deal and the so-called sequester, $85 billion in across the board automatic spending cuts goes into effect by law. >> i think we'll have serious readiness effects. these are legally binding limits. we will have to cut back on training significantly. >> in a letter to congress, defense secretary leone panetta said the vast majority of the department's 800,000 civilian workers will have to be furloughed one day a week. in essence a 20% pay cut. new secretary of state john kerry warned of global consequences. >> in these days of looming budget sequester, that everyone actually wants to avoid, or most, we can't be str
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Feb 20, 2013 11:00am EST
state. the nih supports 18,000 jobs in maryland. >>> the pentagon is also sounding an alarm about sequestration. it's telling congress that hundreds of thousands of federal employees could face furloughs if no deal is reached. here is more from capitol hill. >> reporter: the fight over $1.2 trillion in across the board spending cuts set to begin march 11 is it is raging on. today it's the pentagon's turn to warn congress. more than 7,000 employees would take a pay cut. yesterday president obama blamed republicans for holding up a deal. the president said they could lose their jobs. >> these cuts are not smart, they are not fair, they will hurt our economy. >> reporter: president obama wants to reduce the cuts with new revenue. house speaker john boehner says the debate is closed. >> republicans are not comfortable with the cuts but they want to see spending cuts implemented. >> reporter: lawmakers on home at recess are feeling the pinch. >> the american people expect us to get serious about this and we're serious about deficit reduction. >> reporter: a new deficit reduction plan b
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Feb 4, 2013 6:00am EST
for work that the south entrance at the pentagon station will be closed. the agency is replacing escalators there and it will had stay closed into the fall. when finished, they will be similar to the one as the dupont circle station. the north entrance will stay open during construction. >>> new this morning, new information about the bus crash that killed eight people and injured more than a dozen others in southern california. the bus was carrying a tour group from tijuana, mexico. when the bus driver reported brake problems in the big bear resort area. police say the bus rear ended a sedan and hit a pickup truck that was pulling a trailer. 38 people were taken to the hospital ziefrnl the tearjerkers beat out the big laughs. which super bowl commercials rated the highest? >> an ice cold start to your week and next chance for snow is hours away. weather and traffic on the 1s ahead. >>> next, the simple task that's the subject of an out of this world viral >>> how do you wash your hands with soap and water in space. >> good question. how do astronauts wash their hands in space. >
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Feb 4, 2013 5:00am EST
. >>> look for changes at the pentagon station. metro is closing the station's south entrance so crews can replace three escalators there. when completed this fall, they will be similar to the ones built at the dupont circle station. the north entrance will stay open during the construction. >>> all right. the reports surrounding boxing legend muhammad ali that has his family punching back this morning. >>> keeping an eye on the clock may be key to success for people trying to lose weight. >> surf the web with ease. >> your time right now is 5:06. another cold start as you get ready to head off to work. it's just a taste of what's to come. the winter weather on the horizon with weather and traff (woman) 3 days of walking to give a break cancer survivor a lifetime-- that's definitely a fair trade. it was such a beautiful experience. (jessica lee) ♪ and it's beautiful (woman) why walk 60 miles in the boldest breast cancer event in history? because your efforts help komen serve millions of women and men facing breast cancer every year. visit the3day.org to register or to request more in
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Feb 5, 2013 4:00pm EST
from the pentagon. >>> we learned the pentagon plans to extend certain benefits to gay and lesbian military families. it is unclear which benefits will be extended. the military is limited because of the 1996 defense of marriage act. it would be the final imprint of secretary of defense leon panetta under his tenure don't ask, don't tell was rescinded and decision to allow women to serve in combat. military is expected to announce the changes sometime later this week. >>> he survive ad frightening ordeal but things are slowly returning to normal for the 5-year-old boy rescued yesterday from an underground bunker in alabama. she back home this afternoon and right now is expected to return to school soon. meanwhile, plenty of questions remain about how authorities freed him from his kidnapper. as chris clackum reports, though, a few dee tails, few details, have emerged. >> reporter: from the principal at midland city elementary school in alabama, everybody is waiteding the return of 5 old kidnapped victim ethan. >> everybody knows ethan. he is a good kid. a friendly kid. our teachers
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Feb 21, 2013 4:00am EST
will be the pentagon, an 11% budget cut every year. what that means, not only for government workers, but for defense contractors as well, lost jobs. more than 700,000 people forced to be furloughed one day a week. that's the equivalent of a 20% pay cut. but take a look at some of the other areas where you may see the sequester take effect. 750,000 jobs lost. overall, that's 902 million in reduced loans for small businesses that could have an effect nationwide. 1,000 fbi agents would go away. 600,000 people could lose wic, that's supplemental health for women and children. and more than 100,000 homeless people at risk of going back on the streets. not to mention tsa. we're hearing 9,000 tsa workers could get furloughed that could mean very long lines at the airports. mara. >> thanks. >>> tea party activists are blasting governor rick scott of florida for changing his mind on medicaid expansion. he said he will use president obama's health care act to provide medical coverage. scott opposed obama care as a, quote, job killer. scott now calls it common sense but florida lawmakers will
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Feb 7, 2013 4:30am EST
. >>> the threat of huge budget cuts next smooth forcing the pentagon to make a drastic move this morning. defense secretary leon panetta says the number of aircraft carriers stationed in the critical persian gulf is being reduced from two to one. the decision comes just one day before the uss harry truman was to leave norfolk for the gulf. two carrier groups have been kept in the region for most of the past two years because of rising tensions with iran. >>> and we've learned the man chosen to replace leon panetta as defense secretary will not receive a confirmation vote today as originally planned. the senate armed services committee decided to delay the vote on former senator chuck hagel after demands for more information from republicans. several senators have asked for more detail of hagel's business dealings and contents of past speeches. democrats say the move is just political posturing, and they fully expect hagel to be confirmed. >>> 4:36. florida senator marco rubio will deliver the republican response to the president's state of the union address. the 41-year-old cuban america
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Feb 4, 2013 11:00pm EST
at the pentagon city mall today. the guys used hammers to smash through a display case. at the zale's jewelry store. they stole 27 rings worth more than $120,000. then they jumped into a red car, broke through the parking garage gates to make their get away. >> strong criticism from the d.c. police chief about a report about the department's handling of sex crimes. last month the report from the gr gra group human rights watch saying they failed to document or investigate 170 sexual assaults over four years. today, out of 1,200 victims the report talked to 15. the report excluded positive comments from victims about the police. >> try to tell them that the methodology they were using was wrong. what is that going to say to a young woman, or young person, or a anyperson, victim of sexual assault. are they going to want to come forward and report to police. >> our calls to human rights watch have not been returned. >> new jersey senator robert menendez is talking public low about the prostitution scandal that has plagued him for months. >> it is amazing to me that anonymous namel
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Feb 8, 2013 11:00pm EST
here. we have pieces from the world trade center, from the pentagon and we have the walk through metal detector that the terrorists walked through that morning. >> the metal detector made famous from this picture right here. >> i'm blown away by the little things. you can see the dust on this still from that day. >> on the top? >> yeah, yeah. >> now in a city full of museums, this one only available to those that work here. mission hall not open to the public, in fact, we are the first camera crew to film this hall. >> this was a flag that flew over the gate in boston where american airline s flight 11 lt from. >> which plane was that? >> that was the first the flight that went into the world trade center 8:46 this morning. >> it gives a unique view of on where the tsa started and it has come. one of tamazing things, there were 33 federal amarshals and nw that number is in the you thousands. >> you think of officers in the tsa, they could have been eight, nine, ten years old when september 11th happened. when you think about that, you think about the passage of time. it's important to
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Feb 5, 2013 11:00pm EST
to one in the pentagon city mall in arlington yesterday. it is not believed the two incidents are linked. no arrests have been made yet in either case. >>> coming up tonight, dramatic new video. firefighters run for cover trying to put out the flames at an elementary school. see what started the fire >> new details are emerging after the daring rescue in alabama. why police saw from, what police saw from afar that forced them to move in and open fire. >> the power struggle in the super dome tonight we will tell you what we know about the blackout at the super bowl. and the >>> cameras captured a close call for firefighters in southern washington state. working to put out a fire at an elementary school. a blast of heat and embers sent crews running for cover. nobody was seriously hurt. the cause of the fire is still under investigation. tonight the fbi has release nude photos after the hostage standoff in midland, alabama that went on for a week. news sources say a fire fight erupted when swat teams stormed the bunker yesterday. rescuing a 5-year-old boy named ethan. the kidnapper,
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Feb 5, 2013 4:30am EST
four men who robbed a jewelry store in the pentagon city mall. this is surveillance video from that brazen robbery that happened yesterday while shoppers were in the zales jewelry store. they smashed through the display cases, stole 27 rings. the group jumped into a red car and broke through the parking garage gate. if you recognize the men in this video, call police. >>> word this morning that sunday's power outage at the superdome will not leave new orleans in the dark when it comes to hosting future super bowls. roger goodell says that 34-minute blackout won't hurt the city's chances of hosting the big game. they have not decided where it will be played 2015 and beyond. goodell is the shoeing down rumors that beyonce is to blame for the outage. he says there's no indication her halftime show was a factor in that incident. >>> joe flacco is learning how exhausting it is to be the super bowl mvp. the ravens quarterback will be in baltimore for the super bowl parade today. but he's already been to disney world and new york since winning the game sunday in new orleans. flacco was a g
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Feb 23, 2013 6:00am EST
your sunshine. don't go away. >>> right now, the pentagon has grounded its entire pleat of brand new f-35 fighter jets because of a cracked engine blade. the crack eed blade was found during a routine inspection. pentagon officials ordered all 64 jets from the air force, navy, and marine corps grounded until they figure out the cause of the problem. a spokesman for the company that makes the jets says none of the other f-35s have cracks. >>> if you have a plane to catch in the next few week, the sequestration showdown could have an impact on you. we're looking live at capitol hill where lawmakers will return monday. if nothing gets done, transportation officials say furloughs would be likely for tsa agents and air traffic controllers. the national zoo might have to make tough decisions as well if a budget deal isn't reached. it's facing major cuts as part of the sequester, but how much is still up in the air. megan mcgrath has more. >> reporter: it's not typically what comes to mind when you think about federal agencies, but as part of the smithsonian institution, the national zoo de
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Feb 26, 2013 7:00pm EST
republicans. when he walks into the pentagon as the new secretary of defense, he will be the first vietnam veteran to have that job. he still carries shrapnel with him from combat, where he earned two purple hearts. >>> now to the weather, as another big storm pounds the plains and the midwest. you can see it is a huge system, as it sweeps across the country now from west to east. it has dumped more than two feet of snow outside denver. it's caused blizzard conditions through kansas, missouri, oklahoma, and they're having a genuine, classic winter evening in chicago. that's where we find weather channel meteorologist eric fisher on michigan avenue tonight. eric, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. we're not seeing those up to hurricane-force gusts that we had across the plains that wreaked havoc yesterday, but we are seeing that same heavy, wet snow that's left over 100,000 people without electricity. in wichita this morning, they were digging out from the snowiest february on record. >> that's a lot of snow. it's not used to this. >> reporter: while aerials from oklaho
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